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Special Occasion – Safari and Truly Secluded Beach

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When you want to mark a special occasion by going somewhere that is both spectacular and unusual then this could well be for you. A mixture of a safari in an area that is still not often visited and then a week in a lagoon of your own – well shared with just a handful of other discerning travellers.
Your adventure starts when you arrive in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where you are met and taken to your small plane that flies you down to the Selous National Park. As you come in to land you will have a stunning view of the pods of hippos in the Rufiji River and possibly elephant moving towards the river for a drink. When I went last year, we had to buzz the landing strip to persuade the impala that it was our turn to use the strip. Your accommodation has a view over the river which in itself will have its own entertainment as the different animals come down to drink and the crocs haul out to sun themselves. During your 4 nights stay here you will have the choice of game drives in a 4×4, guided bush walks, sundowners either in the bush or on the river and boat trips to Stiegler’s Gorge (with a picnic breakfast if you like). If you want a bit more activity, you could try your hand at fishing but put the crocs back.
Fly back to Dar and then connect to your flight to Pemba. Most of the rest of the travellers will be heading for Zanzibar but you will fly on from there to the island of Pemba, famous for producing most of the world’s cloves. You will truly be away from the crowds. Here your stay for the next 7 nights either on the beach or up on a hill overlooking the lagoon (and catching any cooling breezes). With a maximum of 34 guests and a beach over 4 kilometres long you really can have a romantic and secluded stay. The food is fresh with most of the vegetables being grown by the local villagers, who would be very happy to see you. Seeing a white face is still a bit of a novelty. Nor are the meals just served in the restaurant – it could be on the pier, by the pool or just the two of you at your bungalow.
If you need some exercise then consider an unguided mangrove canoe safari, snorkelling from the beach or around an island reserve, windsurfing and a Dhow sunset cruise.
All this for about £4000 plus your flights. Whether it is a honeymoon, special occasion or just a wonderful get away holiday different from the rest, then this is a must.
Please contact me on 01323 446550 or email peter@experienceholidays.co.uk

Pictures courtesy of Fundu Lagoon


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